Soccer enthusiasts throughout the Lehigh Valley are in store for a rare treat on Saturday afternoon when Fall River, National champions and pennant winners in the American Soccer League last season, invades Bethlehem for its first visit this season and a game against the Bethlehem Steel F. C. The Bethlehem Steel field will be t he scene of this important encounter with the kick-off scheduled for 3 o'clock.
While the laurels attained by the invading Fall River eleven are honors to be considered they loom up only of minor significance in comparison to the intense rivalry which prevails between these two clubs. The game is one of the premier soccer attractions to be played in Bethlehem this season and one that soccer fans will hardly want to miss.
Fall River, tied with Boston F. C. at the top of the league standing, meets in Bethlehem a club that has sustained unexpected reverses at the hands of the supposedly inferior teams and this game presents to the Steel Workers the opportunity of redeeming themselves by taking a fall out of the league leaders.
It will be a clash in which Harold Brittan, former Bethlehem center forward, and leading individual scorer in the league to date, will be paired against Archie Stark, Bethlehem's new center forward, who was leading scoring in the league last season and until recently had the highest total of goals for this season.
In all the years of soccer Bethlehem has not experienced the setback that fell their lot thus far this season. Of the nine games played, three were lost. This total is in excess of the number of defeats sustained in an entire year of campaigning in previous years. To remain a contender for the honors, Bethlehem can ill afford to lose many more and only against such teams as Fall River and the other league leaders can the percentage be pulled down.
With this in mind the Steel Workers with their high-geared machine can be expected to give their best against Fall River on Saturday. It seems that the club has been a victim of overconfidence in a number of games and for that reason the sixth in the standing instead of up among the league leaders where the comparative merit of the club would seem to indicate they belong.